What else could Terry Francona possibly want on his 50th birthday? The Red Sox completed a day-night doubleheader sweep of the Minnesota Twins slugging out 17 runs, 19 hits and 4 homers.
Boston also improved their winning streak to seven games.
Tim Wakefield earned back-to-back complete game victories in the day portion of the doubleheader throwing seven innings in the rain-shortened game on five hits, one run, one walk and four strikeouts.
Wakefield is the second oldest pitcher to throw back-to-back complete games since Charlie Hough in 1992. Hough was also a knuckleballer for another pair of Sox. The Chicago White Sox.
Kevin Youkilis (4), Nick Green (1) and Mike Lowell (3) all went deep in the win.
Brad Penny made up for a poor start against the Baltimore Orioles earning his second win of the season (2-0) on six innings pitched, six hits, three runs — two earned — one walk and two strikeouts.
Jeff Bailey connected for a three-run homer in the second — Boston’s fourth homer in the doubleheader — to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead. David Ortiz broke the game open to a 5-0 lead with a two-RBI double to deep left field scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia.
Boston held on for the win sending in Jonathan Papelbon in a non-save situation in the ninth inning. Paps went 1-2-3 with two foul outs and a ground out.
Stars of the Game — Offense
The Red Sox have outscored their opponents 31-6 in the last four games.
Next Game – Day off
It’s much needed after this doubleheader considering the New York Yankees come to town on Friday night.